Information & Facts
Mackay experiences a humid subtropical climate, similar to that
found in the Hawaiian Islands, making a moderate temperature year
round. Summers are warm with average daytime temperatures reaching
around 29°C (84°F). Winters are mild with average temperatures
around 22°C (72°F) and year-round swimming is possible. Most of
Mackay's annual rainfall occurs during the summer months between
December and April.
English is the official language of Australia.
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and
bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers
cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small
commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies
(e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit
cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout
the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to
Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer
extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.